Patients head to Doncaster hospital with hay fever

Hay fever misery
Hay fever misery

Patients have been forced to attend Doncaster hospital’s A&E department because of the severity of their hay fever, bosses have revealed.

People have been forced to seek medical help at Doncaster Royal Infirmary this week as the hot weather drives up the pollen count.

A spokesman said there had not been a rush of patients suffering hot weather- related illness but there had been patients coming in because of their allergy during the last few days.

Dr Juan Ballesteros, consultant in emergency medicine at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals, said: “Unusually there were more people coming with hay fever symptoms which may have been aggravated by the heat.

“We ask that they should always consult their GP or pharmacist for treatment of hay fever in the first instance.”

But Doncaster sufferers today said they were suffering their worst year for the condition ever.

Paul Pickering said: “This year has been the worst year that I have ever had, and it has kicked in slightly later than I have usually experienced.

“I believe it to be due to the humid weather only arriving in late June.”

Jody Jones added: “My partner has been so ill. He has been coming home from work with his eyes swollen and waking up in a morning with his eyes stuck together. I’ve never seen him like this, it’s awful.”

Becky Birtles added: “It has been the worst year ever. Being asthmatic doesn’t help. Can’t breathe, can’t see and can’t stop sneezing.”

The Met Office described the pollen count yesterday as ‘very high’ and forecast it would remain high over the weekend.

Dr Rupert Suckling, Doncaster Council director of public health, said: “Hay fever is a common allergic condition that affects up to one in five people at some point in their life.

“If you suffer from hay fever you can reduce the effect of symptoms by wearing wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting in your eyes when you are outdoors, changing your clothes and taking a shower after being outdoors to remove the pollen on your body.

“Also keep up to date with the weather forecast and daily pollen counts, staying indoors where possible when the pollen count is high.

“Many cases of hay fever can be controlled using over the counter medication such as antihistamines, but if your symptoms persist you can seek further advice from your GP or pharmacist.”